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Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher tools to help you write more good

Mark Hachman | July 27, 2016
Hopefully this will take some of the grunt work out of those late-night papers.

Editor, meanwhile, takes the spelling checker and grammar checker that’s common to Word and adds a new feature to “tighten” your writing. Microsoft said it will apply its cloud intelligence to bring more clarity to your writing—for example, replacing wordy phrases with more concise alternatives. Those suggestions will be highlighted with a gold squiggle underline, versus the red squiggle Word uses for a misspelled word.

Office 365 will also add a nifty zoom feature for PowerPoint, which looks similar to what Prezi has offered: Instead of presenting slides one after the other, a presenter can provide a summary slide that can be “zoomed” into. Essentially, it allows presenters to provide “thumbnails” of forthcoming slides inside of a summary slide, treating individual slides more like hyperlinks to different web pages. PowerPoint Zoom is now available to those on the Office Insider program, Microsoft said.


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